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The boys Don good

English Barclays Premiership

Luke Young and Oyvind Leonhardsen have welcomed our bid for more Wimbledon stars. After the arrival this summer of goalkeeper Neil Sullivan, our director of football David Pleat announced exclusively on your website on Monday a double swoop for former team-mates Ben Thatcher and Carl Cort.

But nothing in the world of soccer transfers is certain and both players are being linked to other clubs: Thatcher to Liverpool and Cort to Newcastle or Leicester. Director of Football David Pleat cautions there's still some way to go.

Versatile Young has played against striker Cort for us and with him for England Under-21s and declared: "Carl would be a great buy for us. He's a big lad, very strong up top and will always cause problems in the air.

"What people don't realise though is how good he is with the ball at his feet. He's got plenty of tricks for a big man. He's also played wide right a few times, which would be another option for us. He'd be a good signing."

Leonhardsen, another ex-Don, played with left-back Thatcher during his time at Selhurst Park. The Norwegian midfielder said: "Ben is a very, very good player. He's a great left-back and obviously what is important is that he has a great left foot. He is also very strong and aggressive and I think he might suit us well.

"He is very under-rated. If he signs for us and shows exactly what he can do, he could be the answer to England's problems in that position. He would be a good signing but there is always speculation and we'll have to see what happens."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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